Mindful Movement

Belly Dance & Yoga Retreat in Morocco, Oct 13-20, 2018


Wake up in the beautiful countryside of Morocco, experience connection and fun and move forward with intention


MOROCCO YOGA RETREAT OVERVIEW

Take a journey to an exotic place and connect to your feminine energy during this weeklong yoga retreat in Morocco. Combining mindfulness, yoga, belly dance, intention setting and healthy nutrition you will gain a stronger awareness of your mind, body and spirit connection and feel lighter, more clear and inspired at the end of your retreat.

The belly dance and yoga retreat in Morocco is set in a beautiful private villa in the countryside close to Essaouira, a traditional white coastal town with several beautiful beaches nearby. The property features a main villa with two suites, surrounded by 6 private detached adobe cottages, which are truly one-of-a-kind. An expansive swimming pool, framed by shady umbrellas and lounge chairs overlooks the beautiful valley of Essaouira. The natural dessert landscape is dotted with olive trees and walking paths. This exclusive location is the perfect setting to relax during your yoga retreat in Morocco.

The week will be filled with mindful yoga practice and belly dance classes on the roof terrace or in the traditional Berber tent in the garden. Whether you’re a beginner to yoga or belly dance or already have an existing practice, Aisa will guide you through a class that is suitable for your level. In the evenings we gather around the fireplace to dive deep in to intention setting and clarifying our core desired feelings.

Each day we will enjoy inspirational, delicious and healthy creations. This Morocco Yoga Retreat includes one hands-on cooking class. You’ll go home with a new relationship to food and the desire to eat better. For some local flavor, Mirella will be working with a Moroccan cook to include some regional inspiration in the menu.

After five nights in our own private villa we will drive back to Marrakech and spend another two nights in a traditional Riad (a town house build around a courtyard) in the medina. We chose a lovely 1001-night style location for these last two days, which has a small pool and plenty of places to relax. It is the ideal location to explore Marrakech by foot or book an extra activity or excursion. All in all, the perfect end to your yoga retreat in Morocco.

YOGA & BELLY DANCE

After the sun rises, you will be led through a daily morning yoga session on the rooftop, overlooking the dessert landscape. Your morning yoga class will slowly awaken and energise you. In the afternoons you will connect to your inner goddess through belly dance, using movement to let go and have fun. During this yoga retreat in Morocco your yoga and belly dance classes will be catered to your specific body needs and level. As the week progresses, we will build a foundation geared towards taking your practice home.


Take a journey to an exotic place and connect to your feminine energy during this weeklong yoga retreat in Morocco


HEALTHY NUTRITION

Health chef Mirella will pamper you with a delicious and healthy cuisine during this yoga retreat in Morocco, offering you 3 homemade meals a day. This entirely vegetarian menu is designed to detoxify your body, nourish your cells and increase your energy levels. All Ingredients are handpicked with the intention to optimally support your health, ensuring a full spectrum of nutrition, which will include all your necessary vitamins, minerals, protein, good carbs and fats. You will absolutely love it and go home with plenty of inspiration to continue to eat well and make choices in your diet that serve your health. She will also work together with a Moroccan cook to incorporate plenty of local flavors. During this yoga retreat in Morocco you will get the chance to learn how to make your own plant-based food by taking part in a cooking workshop and you will receive a booklet with recipes to take home.

Schedule

 

7:30 Lemon water & Fruit

8:00 Morning Mindful yoga

9:15 Breakfast

10:00 Free time or activity

(excursion some days)

14:00 Lunch

15:00 Free time or activity

(excursion some days)

17:30 Belly dance class

19:15 Dinner

20:30 Evening workshop some nights

22:00 Quiet time

* Schedule is subject to change on excursion days

YOUR HOSTS

Mirella Wognum

Hi! I’m Mirella, a 500hr certified yoga teacher, health chef and Ayurvedic nutrition consultant. But I’m so much more than these roles. I’m passionate about experiencing other places in the world and sharing that with others. I want to see you thrive and hope to inspire you by taking you on this exotic journey.

I believe connection is the only way to be happy, which means connection to others, to yourself and your purpose. My goal is to lay the foundation on which you can build a healthier life, through yoga, food and lifestyle. This week we work with all these elements in a fun and relaxed environment. So join us on this yoga retreat in Morocco. We will dive deep, have fun and explore an amazing new place. I can’t wait to experience this with you!

 

Aisa Lafour

Hello gorgeous, my name is Aisa Lafour. I am a bellydance teacher and run my own dance school “Heartbeat of Bellydance” in the center of Amsterdam. In 2008 I won the prestigious “Bellydancer of the World” competition. From then my international career took off an dancing brought me all around the world. Nowadays I want to focus more on my community in Amsterdam and my online courses. I am also a certified Yoga teacher in both, Vinyasa and Yin yoga.

I believe that the combination of mindfulness, yoga and connecting to your core and feminine energy through bellydance can help you to really align with your inner power, makes you a happier, healthier and a more balanced person. I look forward to take you on this journey through your body, mind and soul. (www.aisalafour.com)


This retreat is for you if…
You’re a yoga or belly dance beginner or expert
You want to get in touch with your feminine side
You want some fresh air, sunshine and explore a new place


MOROCCO RETREAT LOCATION

Our Morocco Yoga Retreat venue is located in the hillside of Essaouira. The property is planted with olive and argan trees (famous for it’s oils), which will delight lovers of nature. The main villa features a large indoor dining area, communal seating lounge with fireplace and many spaces to sit, read, relax and enjoy the Moroccan sun. The outdoor vista includes a refreshing swimming pool with lounging spaces for sun bathing. The outdoor Berber-style tent is the perfect place for candle light gatherings or morning yoga. The Main house has two large beautifully decorated bedroom suites; and six private garden cottages surround this villa. Each of the private garden cottages has it’s own bathroom and patio.

The surrounding area of Essaouira is a traditional rural community with plenty of countryside vistas and beautiful beaches nearby. It is the perfect setting for your yoga retreat in Morocco. Essaouira town’s famous harbor is an attraction to both tourists and locals. The medina (market area) will have you feeling as though you’ve been transported to another time.

On our last day, we will travel to the metropolis of Marrakech where we will spend our last two nights in a beautiful Riad (city home with courtyard). This place has a genuine 1001 night feel and is the perfect location to end your belly dance and yoga retreat in Morocco.

Room Salam (peace) (BOOKED)

 

Double or Single room

1 queen size bed

Private bathroom

€1100 per person double occupancy

€1600 single occupancy

Room Qamar (moon) (BOOKED)

 

Shared double room

1 queen size & 1 single bed

Private bathroom

Single bed €1100

Double bed €1200

Room Zahra (flower)

 

Shared double room

1 queen size & 1 single bed

Private bathroom

Single bed €1100

Double bed €1200

Room Okhti (sister)

 

Shared triple room

1 queen size & 2 single beds

Private bathroom

€975 single bed

€1050 double bed

Room Marah (fun)

 

Shared double room

1 queen size & 1 single bed

Private bathroom

Single bed €1100

Double bed €1200

Our Riad in Marrakech - last 2 nights

Room Shams (sun)

 

Shared double room

1 queen size & 1 single bed

Private bathroom

€1100 single bed

€1200 double bed

Room Hubun (love)

 

Single or Double room

1 queen size bed

Private bathroom

€1100 per person double occupancy

€1600 for single occupancy

Riad in Marrakech example text

After this week you will feel lighter, more clear and inspired!


Activities

This unique retreat combines both yoga and belly dance. Yoga classes are in the mornings and belly dance classes in the afternoons. In between there is plenty of time to enjoy the extensive garden and pool of our private villa.

Because we came all this way to do a yoga retreat in Morocco, we also arranged a few excursions so you can experience the nature and culture in this beautiful country. Included in your retreat is a trip in to Essaouira old town, with free time to explore and a cooking workshop combining Moroccan flavours with healthy vegetarian ingredients. We will also spend a day at the beach with a picnic, so make sure you take your sunscreen! Part of the Morocco experience is going to a hammam and getting a good scrub. Needless to say, we included this as well!

And before you head back home you will have 1,5 day (2 nights) in Marrakech to wander, shop and immerse in culture. We are staying in the medina in a true fairytale hotel, the perfect end to your belly dance and Yoga retreat in Morocco!

RATES & REGISTRATION

Prices start at €975 p/p (shared triple room) up to €1600 p/p (private single room).

A 50% non-refundable deposit is due upon booking. The balance is due 30 days before arrival. We accept direct bank transfer, Transferwise (for currencies other than Euros) and PayPal (at own cost).

Excludes: flights, tips, personal spendings, optional activities and 2 meals out during your free time.

For more info email: info@mirellasaraswati.com

 

LOGISTICS

This retreat is hosted in both Essaouira and Marrakech.

Please book your flight to Marrakech Menara Airport, from where we arrange a transfer to the Villa in Essaouira. The Moroccco retreat starts on October 13th and ends on October 20th, 2018.

The transfer will depart from Marrakech Airport on Saturday the 13th of October at 1pm / 13:00. Please make sure to book a flight that lands before noon / 12:00. If that is not available, you can arrive a night early to Marrakech and we will be happy to recommend a place to stay for the night so you can meet up with the transfer the next day.

We will drive back to Marrakech in Oct the 18th and spend two more nights in a Riad in the Medina.

WHAT TO BRING

For yoga / belly dance: please bring your own yoga mat, comfortable clothing (layers), scarf or blanket.

Clothing: bring clothing you can layer as mornings can be colder. Around the villa you can wear whatever you like, but please keep in mind to take appropriate clothing for when we are in town (preferably cover shoulders and skirts longer than the knee). We have a pool and will visit a beach, so bring a bathing suit, beach towel, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.

Other: Alarm clock, bug repellent, Slippers, Water bottle, books, your journal, a notebook (for workshops) and a pen.

INCLUDED

 

5 nights in a private luxury villa

2 nights in a fairytale Riad in Marrakech

Transfers from Marrakech to Essaouira and back

Breakfast lunch and dinner (except during free time)

7 yoga classes

7 belly dance classes

3 Intention workshop

1 cooking workshop

Special last night dinner out

Henna art on hand or foot

Beach day with picnic

Visit to Essaouira

Hammam scrub treatment

Tea, fruit, snacks and water available all day

Free time to explore or relax

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